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CNN
Apr 17, 2013 9:00am PDT
envelope did reach the office of a united states senator, senator wicker of mississippi. an envelope that was tested not once, not twice but three times and so far proven to be positive for ricin. but authorities say they need more testing. they're sending that letter to maryland where the u.s. government does these kinds of tests for suspicious letters. a lot of nerves frayed as a result of this letter. and now a second letter they have stopped. a suspicious letter similar to the letter sent to senator roger wicker of mississippi addressed to the president of the united states. that letter is now being investigated as well. at the same time we've heard of these evacuations and the freezes, if you will, from various senate office buildings. all of this happening in the aftermath of the boston marathon bombings. so nerves are frayed right now. everyone is on edge as the president of the united states gets ready to come to boston tomorrow to participate in an interfaith memorial service. let's go to the white house, brianna keilar is standing by. brianna, i assume the president, he's a
CNN
Apr 17, 2013 8:00am PDT
in washington that a united states senator got a piece of mail with what appears to be at least initial tests show it was positive for the poison ricin. >> it's very eerie, dana. i know you remember it vividly. you lived through that period in 2001 right after 9/11 when there were those anthrax-laced letters that were sent to members of congress, sent to the news media, sent to others and some of those letters proved to be deadly in the process. and now another poison, ricin, believed to have been sent to one senator, maybe another lawmaker or even others and maybe even to the president of the united states. so we don't know if there's any connection to that. we don't know if there's any connection to what occurred here at the boston marathon on monday, but it is very, very eerie and scary when you think about it. standby for a moment, dana. brianna is standing by at the white house. we're waiting for a briefing over at the white house. we'll of course have all of the latest information. one of our other capitol ker correspondents is getting more information. >> i'm in the heart office buildi
CSPAN
Apr 17, 2013 7:00am EDT
with colleagues to get as much support as we can. i gave a speech on the floor of the united states senate last evening on this issue. talking to individual senators, participating in our caucuses. we had an emotional caucus yesterday. give begin heard was there, senator joe met -- getty giffords was there, senator joe manchin gave a speech. senator tim came from virginia talked about what happened at virginia tech. senator blumenthal talked about his experiences at sandy hook. it was an emotional day. host: here is a media advisory put out by senator dan coats office. be in aenators will press conference to introduce substitute amendment to gun legislation that they say would fix the background check system , provide resources to address mental health and school safety and protect veterans from false health declarations. host: it is an effort to give cover for people voting against gun safety legislation. it will contain the loopholes we currently have in law. the gun show loophole, the internet issues -- they are not resolving his legislation. so, it is a never to say to people who vote for i
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 4:00pm PDT
where all of the mail that comes to the united states senator's office is screened, tested, opened, and essentially checked to make sure it is clear before they pass it on to the capital complex. so it did not get anywhere close to the capital complex and jay carney told us today at the white house that it did not get anywhere close to the white house or to president obama. so, senator mcconnell was quite happy this morning. said justice would prevail. but said the bottom line was they learned a lot from those 2001 anthrax letter attacks and they made sure that these letters in this case did not get anywhere close to the lawmaker and to the president of the united states. and so bottom line the system worked in this case, bill. >> bill: yeah, one more thing here, mike. is the case considered closed or is there a possibility of more letters being received out there? >> they are on the lookout for other suspicious letters. we had a bunch of offices evacuated or cleared and has mat uniforms come into the capitol or offices around the capitol complex and also some to some district offi
MSNBC
Apr 11, 2013 11:00am PDT
and very energetically on the united states senate. we'll worry about the house in the next step. what we have going for us is not only the newtown families but the majority of american people. 90% want common sense measures. in the end, the american people are on the right side of history. >> quickly, i would like to hear from you what you believe can change the game or the dynamic that would convince republican colleagues of yours to support this legislation. and i asked that because you've pointed out, you have the polling on your side. yesterday i saw in an interview with a newtown family member who said they met with one of the senators opposing this legislation. and they spoke respectfully to one another. in the end, they left again with the same opinions they went into the room. she wanted gun control legislation and the lawmaker she spoke with was still standing where he was and seeing there as a violation of someone's second amendment rights. what can you say that would persuade a republican who is not willing. >> what i say, if their constituents speak from them, if they hear fr
CSPAN
Apr 18, 2013 12:00pm EDT
't able to get this done. despite the fact that a strong majority of the united states senate voted in favor of stronger background checks -- a strong majority -- republicans once again filtered -- pardon me -- filibustered a commonsense proposal. madam president, we were able to get four republicans -- 4 out of 45. yesterday president obama said it was a shameful day for the senate, and it probably was. i agree. but we should make no mistake, this debate is not over. in fact, this fight is just beginning. i've spoken with the president. he and i agree that the best way to keep working towards passing a background check bill is to hit a pause and freeze the background check bill where it is. in the meantime we'll keep moving forward with the people from aurora, colorado; blacksburg, virginia; newtown and other places to make sure that we are able to get something done. thil allow senators to keep negotiating. mr. president -- i'm sorry. madam president, we had nine amendments yesterday. they were not easy to vote on, not for us or for the republicans, and i understand that. but it w
CSPAN
Apr 12, 2013 9:00am EDT
of day in the united states senate. and if this bill were to ever pass into law, its impact would be to hurt workers, not help them. how many more times do we need to waste taxpayer dollars on political messaging bills like this rather than pursue legislation that will actually help the middle class? 10 more times? 20 more times? is this all we can expect to accomplish over the next year and a half? americans want democrats and republicans to work together. let's end the political posturing. let's get america back to work. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. kline: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to a real leader on this issue, the gentleman from arkansas, mr. womack. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for three minutes. mr. womack: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the chairman. you know, mr. speaker, our framers were visionaries. they had the foresight to not only establish constitutional principles and processes, that address the challenges of their day, but s
MSNBC
Apr 12, 2013 3:00am PDT
of his party in the united states senate, many of whom just jumped all over him yesterday? >> i think he likes that. i don't think he's -- he is like, look. he got a very favorable "the washington post" editorial and he'll love that. "morning joe." very favorable commentary right here. i guarantee you if he is up watching this right now, got a good david brooks column. he kind of excited this morning. people said this is kind of important to him. the fact all of these guys i'm trying to do something. in his mind, the white house is not totally out of bounds here. they say if we do this it will throw the republicans off and we have put something out there and this is something we would have agreed to any way in the larger context. understand, this president wants a grand bargain. he is going to give away the store in august of 2011. absolutely going to give away the store. he wants that grand bargain. and they view this as the best negotiating strategy and a lot of people disagree with him. they really want this. he genuinely want this. >> going on the lot and offering 26,000 he has the o
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 3:00am PDT
is all of a sudden getting something like this sent to the united states senate, you have to start wondering is something being triggered here? is something going on? it may turn out not to be so but it's worth investigating it from that point of view. >>brian: for that point of view is a guy that's written other senators before. >>steve: peter doocy is outside washington, d.c. >> the building behind me is where the field test was done on a piece of mail sent to republican senator roger wicker that came back positive for ric i n poison. we're told the letter was postmarked memphis, tennessee, had no return address but was otherwise not outwardly suspicious. and the f.b.i. says right now more advanced testing is being done at an acredited facility to confirm the letter did contain ric i n. the cdc says it would take a deliberate act to make ricin and poison people. it has no antidote and some senators are on edge. >> it goes to a lot of staff. that's a big concern obviously for all of us. we're very anxious to get more details. >> senators on capitol hill were briefed about this let
FOX Business
Apr 17, 2013 11:00am EDT
states senator that's also been subject of the investigation by the fbi. for more information about these matter, i'll refer you to the fbi. the president, i'm sure, you'll ask, the president has been briefed on the letters, briefed last night and again this morning. secondly, there is, obviously, interest in the explosions in boston, and i wanted to make clear as you heard from the president yesterday that our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families injured, as well as killed in the act. the federal weight behind the investigation is led by the fbi. as the president said, we'll find out who did this, find out why, and bring those responsible to justice. that said,s is very important that we allow the investigation to run its full course and retain the integrity of that investigation. therefore, on matters related to the investigation, i would direct you to the fbi. as you know, the fbi is giving them pressings in boston with another briefing today. the president, as you know, has been briefed regularly on the incident in boston. beginning almost immediately after it t
MSNBC
Apr 17, 2013 3:00am PDT
holding those jobs simply to sit there and be called a united states senator? >> but, mike barnicle, here is the rub. as shakespeare would say, here is the rub. if they vote against common sense criminal background checks they will not be there for 18 years. the history is not on wayne lapierre's side. the history is on the 94% side. the 90% side, the 87% side. you pick the poll. not only are they doing the wrong thing, they are doing the wrong thing politically if they don't show courage today and support the background check to keep the guns out of the hands of rapists and terrorists and violent criminal offenders. >> i have a question we might want to ask. i don't know if they dropped the united states in front of their title senator voting against background checks. the question is this. less than 48 hours ago, four blocks from where i sit right now, two devices were exploded. it's terrorism. the intent of terrorism is to make people fearful, to make americans fearful, to gather, to assembly, to go to ballgames and to stay home and coward in their homes. how is it, senator, that ameri
CSPAN
Apr 12, 2013 10:30pm EDT
-passed budget, a budget presented by the president of the united states. >> obviously there are things each person in the country can agree with and disagree with. i asked the gentleman if he has any intention to go to congress. i yield back the balance of my time. >> i would say to the gentleman, mr. speaker, i, too, am glad that we finally saw the senate act and passed a budget. that is an accomplishment in and of itself. the president finally has proposed his budget. the gentleman is right. we have some things on the table that maybe we can start to discuss. i know that chairman ryan and chairman murray are already in discussions about a path forward . and i look forward to the results of those discussions and in concert with the gentleman's point earlier, we are setting priorities. it just seems to me, mr. speaker, that the best way forward is to find areas where we agree and let's go make some progress on those things. we, again, this town is full of division and agreement, but there are things we have in common in agreement in these three documents that i believe we can work on togeth
FOX News
Apr 12, 2013 10:00am PDT
, not just because he's the minor leader in the united states state and that would be a feather in democratic caps to say not only did we hold the senate, but we knocked off your leader, but also, no one as profit nor problematic to president obama's agenda in washington than mcconnell because he is such a master of senate arcana as he tries to find new ways to thwart the president and seemingly they would love to knock this guy off and seems that people have gotten overexuberant. >> they have come out, the mcconnell campaign and called these quote, rabid extremists who will stop at nothing and these are desperate and extreme and deplorable and went on to say that racist attacks on the family and bugging and terrorists won't stop him from fighting from the second amendment rights from law abiding kentuckiens, one of the discussions in kentucky so we don't keep the viewers in suspense any longer, references to al-qaeda and mitch mcconnell are based on an ad that just came out and we'll show you part of it, the al-qaeda representative in here is adam oc gadahn speaking how easy toss to get a gu
FOX News
Apr 17, 2013 2:00am PDT
of this letter said this matter is part of an ongoing investigation by the united states capital police and fbi. i want to thank our law enforcement officials for their hard work and diligence in keeping those who work at the capitol complex safe. in ricin poison found at that time no one was injured but there was no letter levever fou so no rayses were ever made. the united states postal service says their primary concern is keeping employees safe, customers safe and keeping the u.s. mail safe. >> peter doocy live for us in maryland this morning. thank you. >>> other news to bring you noul. it is a some der day in london where we take a live look at the coffin of margaret thatcher as it arrives in st. pauls kau they had dral. amy kellogg joins us from london with more. >> hi patti ann. high hi heather. it is being delivered to the chapel where there will be a short service then it will be carried on to st. paul's cathedral where the funeral is going to take place. vip guests have been arriving over the past hour at st. paul's cathedral. this is going to be the funeral for margaret thatcher
CNN
Apr 17, 2013 5:00pm PDT
, the home state of senator roger wicker. actually, his hometown, as well. he's one of the people who got one of the mailings. we know of two suspicious letters, a lot of confusion at the united states capitol today. a mail delivery to the capitol has been stopped, while authorities try to figure all of it out. of the suspicious letters that were field tested, and initially deemed positive, one was addressed to the white house. another, an earlier letter, as i said, addressed to senator wicker. these are only field tests, false-positives are known to occur. according to law enforcement authorities, anderson, both of the letters were detected at an off site facility. authorities say there was a message contained in the letters. that message said, "to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continuance." both letters we're told signed "i'm kc and i approve this message." the letters have been sent to labs for testing. there had been ricin false-positives in the past. anderson? >> joe, last night we were told one of the letters was addressed from memphis, tennessee, po
CSPAN
Apr 12, 2013 12:00pm EDT
government, local units of getting, getting the senate involvement in it and that. so i'd like maybe you to reflect on and tell us things you think. i know, there's good operation. everybody has gotten your budget cut. you have gotten your budget cut. that means fewer people, you know, doing boater education on zebra mussel. you have fewer people talking about, you know, one problem we have incurred in the national forseeses. people fish along stream and used to dump the earthworms, you know, thinking this is good. they help the forest. i remember doing it as a kid. there wasn't any education, there wasn't any discussion about it. there was a research about what it meant when everybody was dumping their earthworms around trees. so do not! they don't in to -- [inaudible] [laughter] no. but if you could just kind of, you know, tell us a little bit about how, you know, maybe we have an endangered species legislation. maybe we need an invasive species legislation. maybe we need to talk about how we put all hands on deck both at the national, federal, local and community level on dealing with
CSPAN
Apr 15, 2013 5:00pm EDT
'connell of california to be united states district judge for the central district of california. the presiding officer: under the previous order, there will be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form. mrs. boxer: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from california. mrs. boxer: mr. president, in the midst of another tragic occurrence in our country where we are all holding our breath to learn the facts and praying, i wanted to say that the business of the senate is moving forward in terms of judges and how important it is to have judges in place so that criminals can be prosecuted and justice is served. and tonight in front of the senate is judge beverly reid o'connell to be district court judge for the central district court of california judge reid o'connell was approved in the judiciary committee by a voice vote. she has had a very diverse legal career. i want to say that she served as an exemplary superior court judge in los angeles. she will be an excellent addition to the federal bench. she is a lifelong southern californian. she grew up in northridge where she was v
CSPAN
Apr 11, 2013 10:00am EDT
of the united states, which is in his statement of administrative policy, which i entered into the record last night in the rules committee. and just as importantly, a bill that has no positive impact on the most important issue facing our country today, job creation, economic growth. mr. speaker, this bill is an attack on american workers, this bill is an attack on american businesses. pure and simple h.r. 1120 would effectively shut down the national labor relations board, invalidate all 569 decisions that the nlrb made between january 12 and march of this year. my colleagues claim this is a response to the d.c. circuit court decision. but when have we ever enshrined an intermediate court decision into statute? it makes absolutely no sense. this court decision found that nearly all recess appointments are invalid, but the reality is the decision of the d.c. circuit conflicts entirely with judicial precedent and past practices. president reagan made 232 recess appointments. george h.w. bush made 78. george w. bush made 171. so far president obama has made 3 . -- 32. far less than his predeces
CSPAN
Apr 15, 2013 11:00pm EDT
and now that every strategic plan i built over the years with the united states air force always was a plan. plans are always in contrast. a change. and so we have and will continue to improve upon a plan. >> was it developed to be aspirational or was it developed to give us an accurate blueprint of help va perceives? >> i think in all planning there is an aspect of aspiration at the beginning and then it is with assumptions and the availability of resources, it is adjusted for what we think is achievable. a long-term plan, like this one, with as much dynamics involved, we make an assumption, for example, that the flow of veterans out of uniform to the va is going to follow a pattern that we have been provided by the department of defense. if that changes that adjustment then we will have to look and see whether we can accommodate the change. if not we will have to say we have to resource. >> thank you very much. i look forward to sitting down with you to look at the matrix that brought about such a change in release three months. let me just say, i really wasn't addressing the i
CNBC
Apr 17, 2013 6:00am EDT
, and into the united states. so this has all kinds of t tentacles. we'll update you later on "squawk on the street." when we come back on "squawk," though, an update from washington on a letter sent to senator wicker that contained the poison ricin, we're not really sure how to pronounce it. we're going to talk to former investigators from homeland security and the fbi about the latest in the bombing investigation. >>> and take a look at the u.s. equity futures. dow futures down by about 86 points. s&p off by more than ten. >>> welcome back to "squawk box" this morning. no government economic reports today, but investors are looking ahead to the fed's beige book. that's the region by region assessment of the nation's economy. it's going to be out at 2:00 p.m. eastern time. we're going to bring it to you then. procter & gamble wants to increase the time it takes to pay suppliers. such a move could free up up to $2 billion in cash. p & g wants to pay the bills in 75 days compared to the current 45 days. of course, suppliers probably not so happy about that. >>> and american airlines is expecting nor
CSPAN
Apr 16, 2013 12:00pm EDT
. senator? >> thank you. thank you, governor and thank you, mr. mayor. the president of the united states has pledged his full support in all efforts both to keep the city safe and to find the person who did this and bring them to justice. we did not have to reach out to the president. the president reached out to us. he called the governor, he called the mayor, he called the members of the delegation because the president is actively involved here and responding. on behalf of our congressional delegation, senator cowan is here with me and congressman lynch and all of the members of our delegation we want to extend our thanks to the first-responders, to the firefighters, to the police officers to the ems, to everyone on scene including volunteers who came and helped those in trouble and helped save lives. we also want to thank those from all around the country and all around the world whose prayers and thoughts and offers of help have poured in we are deeply grateful. as the mayor says, boston will survive. >> thank you, governor. good morning my name is rick deslauriers. i'm the special
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